Anna (Uruski) Wnuk, 94, passed away peacefully at home on September 14, 2023. Born in Berezow Nizny, near Stanislawow, Poland, she was the youngest daughter of Mikolaj Uruski and Anna Medynska.
Anna was one of the children deported from Poland to Kazakhstan in 1940. She was one of the lucky ones that were rescued by the Polish Red Cross and transported from Russia to India. There she stayed at the Polish Children’s Camp at Balachadi from 1942 to 1945 in the care of the Franciscan Order. Anna was one of the 600 Polish orphans whom the “Good Maharaja” (Maharaja Jam Sri Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji ) adopted to enable them to stay in the safety of Balachadi during the war years. She was brought to the United States in 1945. She was welcomed by the Franciscan convent in New York City and stayed in the Franciscan Order for some years, working as a classroom teacher and later at a hospital.
After leaving the religious life in 1974, she settled in Enfield, Ct. and worked as a lab supervisor in the local hospital.
In the late 1970-ties she moved to Indian Orchard, Springfield, Mass. where she lived for the rest of her life.
In her spare time Anna loved to play Bingo and dominoes. She spent winters in Florida and liked to travel to different places and to visit her family in Poland, Wales and England.
Anna leaves 9 nephews and nieces in England, Wales, New Zealand, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine.
She was predeceased by her husband Jerzy Komorowski, her second husband Donald Wnuk, her longtime companion William Roy, and her three sisters, Teresa, Julia and Maria (Ukraine) and three brothers, Piotr (Poland), Władysław (England) and Stanisław (Wales).
Anna’s friends and family would like to THANK HER WONDERFUL CARETAKERS: CHRISTINA, KEITH AND JASON, who gave her the most wonderful care and unconditional love for almost 8 years, as well as the Holyoke Hospice Nurses and Aids, who were there every day for her at the end.
Everyone is welcome to join us in a celebration of Anna’s life. Visiting hour will be Saturday, September 23 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services, 15 Ludlow Ave, Indian Orchard, followed by Holy Mass at 11:00am at Immaculate Conception Church and burial at St. Aloysius Cemetery, Berkshire Ave, Springfield. Donations, if desired, can be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker St, Indian Orchard, Mass 01151.